A Test To See If Your Faith Is Profitable
Dec. 13, 2009
INTRODUCTION: In most cases, people die the way they live. Tell the Odus Scruggs’ story and his stay in the hospital ICU. When he saw me, he reached for his billfold.
In Jude (brother of James; half-brother of Jesus), the Bible described the Apostate.
Jude 12, “These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots”
No Fruit - No Roots
Not all faith is profitable, nor redemptive, “James 2:14 ff says faith without works is dead and cannot save. James describes
spurious faith as pure hypocrisy, mere cognitive assent, devoid of any verifying works, no different from the demons’ belief. Obviously, there is more to saving faith than merely conceding a set of facts.”
James used the word (ergon) for works to describe acts of love, kindness, and obedience. For one to profess to be a Christian and produces no works is a disgrace to the church of God. If no works are present in a professing Christian, one has a right to question the authenticity of his or her faith. An empty claim to faith cannot lead one to salvation. There is no profit in a faith which produces no works.
I. THE ILLUSTRATION OF POVERTY. 15-17
A. REAL FAITH EXPERIENCE? 15
The example or experience strongly implies that a person who has placed genuine faith in Christ will have a natural desire (supernatural/natural) to help others.
NOTE: This is a very sensitive illustration. It is inconceivable for a genuine Spirit-filled believer to not reach out and respond to the needs of a brother or sister.
Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
1 Timothy 6:18-19, “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready ...
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